St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: joe1510 on 05-11-2009)
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Photo of drtth
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly hazed apricot/peach color with a ¾” creamy off-white head that recedes to leave a layer over the liquid and lots of foam and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some modest lacing for much of the beer, even after the head has receded to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: The aromas include notes of citrus and white pepper with some grassy, earthy touches along with a bit of apricot and peach.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include a bit of white pepper and citrus (lemon and tangerine), some apricot and peach along with a touch of grassy bitterness which blend quite nicely with some sweetness from the bready malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy and prickly from the active carbonation. The finish is medium long, mostly fruity and sweet with a nice dry bitter ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one nicely drinkable with its combination of fruity and spicy character. My overall impression is that this is a well-made beer worth having again. It also seems a bit different that most of the saisons I’ve tried but I like what I’ve found in this beer.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fountainhead in a branded St. Feuillien oversized snifter.

Appearance: This pours an amber tangerine color, hazy with a creamy foam cap on tap that fades to a pangea of foam over time, leaving a web of lace on the glass. This is a little bit darker than I would normally expect out of the style.

Smell: The aroma is full of fresh cut grass, white pepper, lemon, and some minerals.

Taste: Up front a dry, crackery malt takes hold, with some lemon zest providing a lightly tart kick. The mineral content is noticeable throughout each sip. Toward the end some citrus and grassy hoppiness add some additional flavor without making it overly bitter. The finish is somewhat clean.

Mouthfeel: This is a little bit grainy, with light to medium body, and medium creamy carbonation.

Overall: This was nice overall, I think the mineral presence just added a bit of a grainy character that I could do without.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (best by 24/02/13 08:29) poured into a Hennepin glass.

Nice clear golden color with a thick, 3-finger white head. Good retention with fluffy chunks of foam clinging to the side of the glass. Vigorous carbonation.

Nose is yeast, pepper, and spice.

Taste is clean, crisp, dry, and slightly spicy. This is a good sturdy saison. Maybe not the most complex or exotic, but good and drinkable - which is what I think a saison should be. Solid representation of the style.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy orange-yellow with a dense white head.

The nose is a little more tropical (papaya) as opposed to the citic vibe I've discovered in most Siasons, and there's a pretty intense creaminess to this too. The malt gives off an aroma very reminiscent of those sesame breadsticks you find in Italian restaurants, while the yeast is predictably spicy and a little herbal (dried Mediterranean) as well. Hops seem mild and noble with their delicate flowery tones.

Creaminess is a pretty constant theme on this one- creamy malt elevated by creamy carbonation- with a mild hop bitterness and a lemon-dreamsicle theme to the flavors. The mild spice, wrapped in creaminess of course, joins in on the dry, crakery finish.

A fuller-bodied Saison that I would definitely return to, though it's not my first or second choice in the category. Very approachable though, as it completely suppresses much of that typical barnyardy mustiness.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does not have a fresh buy date but does list the alcohol percentage.

A: Golden orange with a slight haze and lots of carbonation. The head is half a finger deep, white, and fluffy. Head retention is average and there is minimal lacing.

S: Spicy lemon, tangy orange, cake, earthy minerals, and coriander.

T: Pepper, bread, lemon zest, tart orange peel, earthy sour dust: the finish has lots of spice, pepper, and some warming alcohol. This beer is dominated by citrus and floral notes.

M: Medium and dry

O: This beer is not sweet in any way. It has a lot of pepper and spice, tartness and bitterness. It is not as sour as other saisons I have consumed, but it is complex and offers many rugged flavors backed up by crisp carbonation. I would recommend trying this beer if you are looking for more citric and spicy characteristics in your saison.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into Tulip
A: massive medium bodied head that dissipated pretty quickly and with a sudsy quality into a cloudy light caramel colored body

S: slightly sharp apple skin aroma, lemongrass and a light breadiness, lots of CO2 in this one. Once the head dies down and it warms up there is a slight floral quality. I kinda wanted a little more darkness in the nose, more funk.

T: sweet at first then it gets a little woody with a strong amount of acidic citrus. It never really gets deep into the barnyard flavors with all of the citric acid-type flavors.

M: Strong carbonation bite, very bright on the palate with a slightly tanic, green apple skin dryness in the finish

O: Tasty beer for a warm day, but I wish it was a little heavier with either less carbonation or more richness in either flavor or body

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy, yeasty, and some candi sugar. In the taste, earthy, a small sour yeast, and a nice dryness all the way through. A small sour bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry small sour earthiness in the aftertaste. Nice earth and yeast, with a nice sour presence.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Omaha for the weekend at the in-laws, picked this up today at Beertopia.

Poured from the caged and corked 750 mL bottle with yeast resting on the bottom, it's cloudy and hazy, beaming of deep yellow, with a sticky white head and lacing.

Spices and yeast are dominant in a very charactericstic Belgian way, but without anything distinctive.

Bananas, cloves, assorted other mild spices. Sweet, nearly like a dubbel, but with more greenery-like hoppiness.

A little acidic, drying with astingency on the tongue, sapping it of all moisture, closing smooth, with popping carbonation and some stickiness.

Decent for a basic saison (is there such a thing?), but nothing unique about it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears golden yellow, with a light haziness to it. The head measures in at around 1/2", and leaves ample lacing behind.

The aroma brings citrus, floral notes, grasses, as well as some herbal notes.

A good example of the style, this brew offers citrus and spice flavors, with subtle grassy, funky flavors. Alcohol presence emerges somewhat in the finish. The beer is a bit on the sweet end of the spectrum for the style, whereas I would prefer more funky, grassy, yeasty character.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours hazy orange body with a think creamy head of beige that last for a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The clean dry nose has notes of hops in the finish. As the beer opens up notes of pear and spun sugar come through softly reminding me of a triple.

T- The spicy pepper and abbey yeast note give way to a soft Munich malt note. The finish has a soft pear eastery note and a green herbal pungent bite in the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a soft fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has lots of triple qualities and the St. Feuillien yeast character with a crisp dry finish and has more of a full quality than most saisons but very nice to drink. Just a little too filling for a session beer.

Photo of dzni
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a huge head on it initially.

S - I get a lot on the nose if I concentrate hard enough. Citrus, cloves, slight grassy earthiness, maybe some floral. There could be grapes or apricots there too, but I'm not sure.

T - While the nose is great, the taste doesn't seem to match up with it as well. I get some maltiness that's really nice, some hops, but not much else.

M - This is one of the best parts. There's a creaminess to this that's great on top of the strong effervescence.

O - While the taste didn't come through like I was hoping, overall this is a wonderful beer that I'd be happy to have again.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a hazy dark orange color with three fingers of off-white head that doesn't hold or laceas well as it should.

S: Grass, citrus notes, apples, and moderate hoppiness. It completely lacks funk which is disappointing in a Saison.

T: Apple, caramel, light citrus, coriander, and cloves. It is more like a Biere de Garde than Saison.

M: The body is of medium thickness with ver strong carbonation.

O: This is a decent brew if one doesn't expect a typical Farmhouse Ale.

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - Massive three finger fluffy white head that clings nicely to the side of the tulip. A light carmel/orange pour.

S - Some nice carmel/sweet malts and some average funk notes. Really good belgian yeast spices too.

T - Some nice carmely funk with that belgian yeast intermixing nicely throughout the flavor range. Tastes good.

M - Low carbonation, semi thin feeling. Its a nice mouthfeel, quite drinkable, but nothing out of the ordinary.

O - Overall, its a nice saison. Good flavour, really solid appearance. Its a nice saison, one of the better ones of the night.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price. 750ml dated 14/07/12, cork notes Lot: 5442. Into a NB Globe.

A: Nice turbid amber in color with an enormous off white head, a good three fingers worth that does not want to fade away. Fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. Nice spots of lacing.

S: Spicy saison yeast and skunky hops greeted my nose as soon as the cork was removed. A bit of lemon rind and other slight citrus notes, slightly grassy as well. Smells like a nice saison.

T: A lot more malty than the nose leads on. A fair amount of pilsner malt with a touch of caramel. Not much bitterness, but there is a nice little bit of noble hop flavor in this beer. The yeast profile is there, but isn't as in your face as others, but it is still noticeable. Not a bad beer. Works well.

M: Nice body with a fair amount of carbonation that helps this out a bit, quite dry, and just a little bit of alcohol warmth in there as well. Not bad at all.

O: Not a bad saison, but not an exceptional one either. Probably won't seek this out again if I'm craving a saison.

Photo of Macca
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy bright orange with an ok white head that drops down to leave a slight covering.

An intense spiciness on the nose especially pepper. A bit of lemon too. Smells great.

Spiciness not so much on the palate but it's replaced with green apple and citrus. Finishes very dry.

Medium bodied, well carbonated.

A very nice saison.

Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a large white head. Fair head retention which should be better for the style. No lacing.

Lovely, rich and complex lemon and spice aroma. Quite peppery. Notes of clove and herb. Nice.

Light, dry malt flavour with mild notes of apple and more intense lemon, citrus and spice notes. Crisp, dry finish. Good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Great finish.

A very good saison with lots going for it. Plenty of flavour. Really quite good.

Photo of
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale sparkling straw colour with a thick white fluffy head.
Aroma - Spicy hops with lemon, cider, and a bit of cork. Fruity and complex.
Very clean and refreshing flavour with light citrus, honey, and a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A formitable dry and spicy saison, but with a softer side. The floral, perfumy notes that are more similar to Belgian blonde ales and witbiers come through in a most seductive way.

St. Feuillien's saison pours with glowing haze of light golden color. Airy and froathy, the head character forms with a weightlessness and cottony texture that retains the session while leaving sticky patterns of lace behind. This is the quentessential saison stature.

Heightened floral character errupt from the rim, challenging whether this is actally a saison and not a blonde (think Brugse Zot) with a burst of perfume laiden confectioner's sugar scent, light tropical and citrusy fruits; while soft spice of corriander and white pepper tickle the nose. Most estery aromas to usher in the spring season.

Flavors begin to leave the floral character behind and start ushering in the classic lemony esters and peppery-dry phenolics. In exquisite balance the light bready-sweet malt provided a soft foundation for the counter of lemon grass hop flavor and bitterness and with the light peppery taste for added measure. A mild honey-like taste gives memory to the flowery nose in finish and aftertaste.

Creamy initial textures soon go to expansive, and seemingly whisp away at mid palate for a powdery-dry finish. Only a faint oil film, similar to that of chamomile or flower pedals linger and seem to hand on to the honeysuckle notion heading into the next sip.

Where the flowery character of St. Feuilliens saison is not a signature characteristic of the style, it's very welcomed to me. But for those who oppose the floral character of Belgian blondes or witbiers may not agree.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from mdfb79 (Dan) in my box for the Birthday BIF. Thanks, Dan!

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy orange/gold with a big, rocky white head. Tons of lacing.

Aromas of lemon, mango, musty, some sweet malt.

Flavors of mango, lemon zest, a crisp carbonic acid bite, a little maltier than most and missing that peppery finish that I prefer. A "cleaner" yeast quality, not as spicy or "funky." Short finish. The funk and pepperiness comes through a little more as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium, doesn't have that signature dryness of a saison. Good level of carbonation, good prickle.

Overall a good attempt. Not a classic, but a good beer overall.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful medium gold color with a perfect two finger white head. Nice carbonation and lacing. This beer is a looker.

S- Apricot, peach, some hops, slight hint of malt. Very sweet smelling, but not overly so. This beer smells wonderful, and hopefully the taste will be similar. Maybe a little yeast smell as well? If so, it's in the background. Great smelling Saison.

T- Great tasting Saison! This is exactly what I like about this style. Very drinkable at 6.5%. The fruit and spices really come out in the taste. Very smooth, but a crisp edge to it. Very balanced- this beer is put together extremely well.

M- Very smooth, but a crispness, also a earthy vibe all in one. Not heavy, and very easy to drink. This beer is great anytime, but I imagine it's the perfect warm weather beer.

O- This beer totally hits the spot for me in the category. I don't drink a ton of Saisons, but I do enjoy them. This is definitely in the top 2 or so that I've personally tried. Very nice... Worth the pickup if you're in the mood for it!

Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-yellow. Nice white head. Well marked lacings to the finish.

Big hit of yeast on the nose, dusty melon, with a touch of grassy hops.

Yikes, this is a full-flavoured saison. Yeast permeates throughout. Standout flavour is honeydew melon, big and bold. Pretty big spicing too, I get lots of pepper.

Nice mouthfeel with just about perfect carbonation.

Not a shy saison, some big flavours here. Not sure how much I enjoy it personally, but respect is due.

Photo of brendan13
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark golden with a 3cm white head that falls away fairly fast.
S - Slight peppery spice characters with some peachy esters and light honey like sweetness.
T - Much like the smell; peppery, light fruity peachy notes also with some light sweetness.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a bit of sweetness.
O - Not really what I look for in a Saison. A nice enough beer but more like a strong golden ale than a Saison.

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky pale in color with a luxurious head. Bumped appearance up .5 due to the small ribbon of yeast floating atop the lush head.

Smells of dewy meadow, baled hay, rust, and fertilizer granules. That's about all I'm getting but to be fair, snoot's a little bit plugged.

Taste is very grassy, both in malt and hop profile, it seems almost pils leaning. Herbal notes are minimal, but there is a bit of a peppery finish. Gun metal, aspirin, powdered milk biscuits and a mildly skunked oxidation are all afterthoughts. It's not textbook saison, that's for sure, but I'm liking it just the same.

As saisons go this is a trifle explosive in the mouth, a bit overkill and kind of flushes the flavors off the tongue before they can set in. It makes it refreshing, sure, but maybe a little too much so, as the flavors in this ale are delicate.

Overall, my complaint is the same: just a little too much carbonation for the flavors to get a chance to speak their piece. Were the bottle conditioning adjusted, probably more nuance would speak forth and scores might go higher.
Enjoyable drinker though.

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Towering white head with a nice lace and ok retention. Light golden amber.

S - Barney hay. Simple.

T- Flora. Light honey followed by a wave of light biscuity malt. Grass notes.

M - Smooth medium-light body (full for the style). Finishes lightly dry.

D - Smooth and fairly straight forward.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 25cl bottle I picked up from A Delhaize supermarket across from de Heeren.

From bottle into a snifter

Pours cloudy orange with a one finger head.

It's yeast and grains mainly on the nose but also spices and some citrus detectable.

Bready yeast flavors with spices, fruit and hops hidden far far away.

A light to medium body but a smooth drink. Plenty of carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Not being a expert on the style I have to say I do enjoy this beer. The smooth easy drinkability and the nice flavors make this beer a winner.

St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.